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word

(News), noun account, advice, bulletin, communication, dispatch, information, intelligence, mention, message, report, statement

word

(Promise), noun affirmation, agreement, averment, avouchment, avowal, declaration, pledge, profession, solemn declaration, statement, undertaking, vow, warrant

word

(Term), noun adage, antonym, argument, coined word, colloquy, command, contention, dialogue, discourse, expression, homonym, maxim, mot, motto, observation, palaver, parlay, part of speech, phrase, proverb, remark, saying, statement, utterance, verbalism
Associated concepts: actionable words, words of art, words of limitation
See also: canon, declaration, disclosure, expression, intelligence, news, phrase, pledge, profession, promise, remark, term, undertaking, vow

WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

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STOMP OUT LOUD is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday, and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and percussion.
Like Duchamp, they are made uneasy by "aesthetic delectation" assuming that art that wordlessly addresses the eye, that looks like nothing but itself, is mindless--which is to say, they are profoundly mistrustful of abstraction.
Proper stagecraft wordlessly communicates competence, teamwork and respect for the audience.
She then took an extended pause to reassess the dialogue and wordlessly convey her exasperation.
Actors wordlessly pop up like jack-in-the-boxes on the stage's edge to respond to the central dialogue.
Fourth, wordlessly waving your newly be-ringed hand like a flopping, desperate fish in another's face is declasse.
They watched him wordlessly and with such proprietary tenderness that he felt overwhelmed and could only stare at his plate.
Neither male nor female, the devil scrutinizes Jesus, tempting him wordlessly to abandon his faith.
As a late-afternoon breeze blew in through a mullioned window, Garcia-Huidobro opened a bottle of carmenere and wordlessly handed me the cork.
The cut again wordlessly announces that Adolphe has succumbed to Ellenore's demands.
As Jimmy comes back and dismounts with a face puckered in the pain of what could have been, trainer Oliver Sherwood puts a consoling hand wordlessly on his shoulder.